Our History


Phnom Penh Animal Welfare Society (PPAWS) was founded by an English lady, a teacher by profession called Nicola Scales.

... and all from a desire to make a difference to the challenging lives and conditions facing animals in Cambodia.

Armed  with this strong wish to try to make tangible improvements in the Welfare of Animals, Nicola founded PPAWS in 2011 in the Country's Capital, Phnom Penh.  With the help of many Khmer and Expatriate Animal lovers, all with a common wish to try to improve the lives of animals and, in particular, the many homeless and stray Cats and Dogs in Phnom Penh, the organisation started. Focusing on providing medical care to improve the well-being of animals wherever they could they also started trying to educate people on responsible pet ownership and, welfare. 

Since those early days, PPAWS has become a near household name in Cambodia for anyone concerned with Animal Welfare.  Due to the success of Nicola and the PPAWS team including Chamnan Nou, Kea Neak and Heang Bun, PPAWS is no longer just focused on Phnom Penh.  Now, they run missions countrywide working with other like-minded Animal Welfare and Animal Rescue organisations as well as, individual Animal lovers all trying to make a difference

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Today's Services

  • Veterinary Services -                     We have a number of full time vets who provide quality and very affordable care for your pets no matter what they may need.
  • Animal Welfare Guidance -        Training is a key part of what we do; we welcome opportunities to attend School events to pass this knowledge on to the students.
  • Animal Welfare Missions -    Working with animal lovers and other Animal Rescue groups throughout Cambodia, we undertake special missions to provide medical care.

PPAWS Team Now

Chamnan is one of the full time veterinary doctors at PPAWS.  She is a dedicated animal lover who has been with us from the outset.
Kea is also one of our full time vets and he has been a valuable member of the PPAWS team since it was founded in 2011.
Heang is PPAWS hardworking business manager, responsible for the administration and day-to-day finances.